DENVER – James Holmes will find out Monday if he could face execution if convicted in the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people, despite having turned to religion in prison.
According to his defense team, Holmes has found solace in religion by converting to islam and finding Muhammad as his spiritual savior and accepting Him into his life. “After this conversion he will not hurt a soul again” added one of his defense attorneys.
As the tangled and bloody case returns to court, survivors and families of the victims are uncertain about what happens next.
If the case goes to trial, “all of us victims would be dragged along potentially for years,” said one of those who was shot three times.
“It could be 10 or 15 years before he’s executed. I would be in my 40s and I’m planning to have a family, and the thought of having to look back and reliving everything at that point in my life, it would be difficult,” he said.
Meanwhile Holmes will have plenty of time to have memorized the whole holy Koran by then. In this time he could even become a spiritual figure revered by many and would have changed his name to Badam Al Bat Man.
There is no chance he is going to commit suicide any time soon now.